Rangers chiefs have been put off a move to sign Steven Gerrard target Joey Veerman due to the exorbitant cost of a deal to bring the midfielder to Ibrox, per the Daily Record.
The tabloid newspaper claim the Gers are yet to reach out to Heerenveen to discuss a deal for Veerman. And talks may never take place, as Ibrox figures have baulked at meeting the Dutch side’s asking price.
Heerenveen want around £8.5m to sell Veerman amid Rangers’ interest while also rejecting a bid from Hellas Verona. De Superfriezen were quick to rebuff the Serie A side’s offer of £4.2m for the 22-year-old, as they hold out for almost double.
Rangers are unlikely to enter a bidding race with Verona for Veerman unless Heerenveen lower their demands. But the Gers would risk disappointing Gerrard by walking away from a deal for the Netherlands U19 international.
Gerrard is a big fan of Veerman, per De Telegraaf, who claim Rangers have already offered Heerenveen £3.8m this summer. The Gers boss also believes the Volendam product can take his game to another level in the Premiership, if he snubs AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord.
Gerrard a big Veerman fan amid Rangers pursuit of Heerenveen star
The Daily Record even claim Gerrard has tracked Veerman for months and has spoken with his agent about joining Rangers. But Ibrox chiefs do not seem to share the same feelings as they refuse to pay what Heerenveen demand.
De Superfriezen are under no immediate pressure to sell, either, with Veerman under contract until 2024. The Abe Lenstra Stadion side will also be loath to accept a reduced fee after he offered nine goals and 10 assists last season.
That’s despite Veerman often occupying a deep-lying position in Johnny Jansen’s engine room. But he also featured in more advanced central roles, as well as on the left-wing. So it was hardly surprising when his former coach Robert Molenaar waxed lyrical in May.
“Attacking-wise, he would be more than capable of coping with the faster pace in Scotland,” he said, via The Sun. “What was very remarkable was how quickly he adapted.
“His ability on the ball also stood out – especially his passing. He did have a bit of a label on him that he did everything too much at one pace – but once he got into the first-team, we soon realised nobody could get near him, even to kick him!”